1. Obtain an "Atto Notorio" from the Italian Consulate in America in your town. (Chi-town, for me.) In order to do so, you must provide the following documents:
-Copies of the bride and groom's US passports
-Copies of the bride and groom's driver's licenses
-Copies of the bride and groom's birth certificates, translated into Italian and certified by the Apostille (the who?), then authenticated by the Italian Consular Officer
-Two witnesses, not related to you, who can appear before the Italian Consular Officer
-Copies of the two witnesses' driver's licenses
-A money order for the fees. (of course. there's always money involved.)
2. Obtain a document from the US Consulate in Italy basically stating that there is no impediment to you getting married in Italy. Our closest US Consular Office is in Florence. Day trip!
3. Take both of the above documents to the Ufficio Matrimonio of the Comune in Lucca, Italy (this is the actual town we'll be staying in), fill out MORE paperwork, and schedule an appointment to get hitched!
See? Easy as 1-2-3. Not.
Hopefully this will all get done in the 4 short weeks before we leave. And hopefully it will all be worth it. I think it will. You see, in Italy, civil ceremonies don't take place in downtown courthouses. They take place in Palazzos. Palaces. Palaces, people.
And here's the happy little villa where we will CEREMONIALLY ("really", "spiritually", you name it) say our vows. That we have written. Once we have written them. (I haven't actually started yet. Shhhh.)
(31 till we leave on that jetplane.)